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November 13–14, 2017: University of Oslo hosts Global Health Inspiration Days

The Center for Global Health and the University of Oslo (UiO) hosts Global Health Inspiration Days for the first time. It will become an annual event with panels, workshops and seminars on global health. Global health research, training, and outreach by the UiO, are to be showcased.

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event website – University of Oslo (in Norwegian)

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Norway pledges US$11.2 million to female entrepreneurs in developing countries

The Norwegian government has announced a contribution of US$11.2 million to the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, which was launched by the G20 with a goal of raising up to US$1 billion. The idea behind the initiative is that female entrepreneurs often experience more challenges than men when starting a business, including lack of access to capital and networks, in addition to legal policies working to their disadvantage, all of which hinders economic growth and prosperity in developing countries. The World Bank will be the Trustee and invest in projects and programs that support women entrepreneurs.

Press release – Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

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Norway’s total commitments to women's health and safety reaches US$89 million

The Norwegian government has proposed an increase in earmarked support to women's health and safe abortion of US$2.2 million for 2018. This will go to UNFPA and other international organisations that have a strong track record of results. The funding is in on top of the ‘She Decides’ commitment and brings the total support for women's health and safe abortion in the period 2017 to 2020 to US$89 million.

Website - Norwegian Government (in Norwegian)

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Norway's 2018 budget proposal includes increase of ODA funding by US$161 million

The ODA budget proposed to the Norwegian parliament on October 12, 2017 includes an increase of US$161 million, resulting in a total of US$4.35 billion for ODA overall. Efforts to achieve the SDGs have been strengthened. The budget priorizes education, health, climate, sustainable energy, job creation, and humanitarian development, and has a geographic focus on vulnerable states.

Website - Norwegian Government (in Norwegian)
 

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Norwegian Liberal Party and the Christian Democratic Party announce budget negotiations to begin in the beginning of November

Leading Norwegian political parties the Christian Democratic Party and the Liberal Party are engaging in budget negotiations following parliament entering session. Christian Democrats aim to increase allocations for families, schools, and development assistance. The party claims that there is a gap of US$21 million to reach the target of spending %1 of gross national income (GNI) on Official Development Assistance (ODA), as Norwegian GNI has increased more than the ODA budget. The party will prioritize health and education in developing countries, which results in the highest development impact.

The Liberal Party will push for more efforts within climate and environmental measures to incentivize people to make sustainable choices.

News report – Norge idag (in Norwegian)

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Norway proposes historic level of ODA to health and education in 2018 budget

The Norwegian government considers education and health prerequisites for sustainable development and poverty alleviation. It has thus proposed an increase in contributions in its latest ODA budget to global health of US$50 million, and additional support for education of US$23.6 million. This leads to a historically high level of funding dedicated to global health and education of US$950 million.

Website - Norwegian Government (in Norwegian)

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Norway increases focus and support to vulnerable states and regions in proposed 2018 development budget

The Norwegian government has increased support to stabilizing vulnerable regions by US$35 million in its 2018 ODA budget. Furthermore, the government proposes tripling funds dedicated to combating global security threats, such as terrorism, extremism, and organized crime, bringing total funding to US$60 million. According to the OECD, 80% of the world’s poor will live in vulnerable states by 2035.  

Press release – Norwegian government

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Humanitarian relief receives record-high support in Norway's proposed 2018 development budget

The Norwegian government has proposed an increase of US$17 million in humanitarian assistance in its 2018 development budget in order to maintain its high levels of emergency relief amid crises in Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, and the Lake Chad region.

Press release – Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

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Norfund increases investments in business development and renewable energy in developing states

The Norwegian government has announced financial commitments to intensify efforts for job creation and increases in production of renewable energy in developing states. Norway announced it will increase the capital stock of Norfund, an entity focused on private-sector investment, by US$23.3 million, bringing total funding for business development in developing countries to US$42 million.

Norfund’s mission is to create financially sustainable businesses in challenged markets and mobilize capital flows. The fund is also an important actor in regards to investments made in the renewable energy sector in developing countries. Half of Norfund’s investment portfolio of US$2 billion is made within the energy sector.

Press release – Norwegian government

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Norway signals stronger support for peace and reconciliation in proposed 2018 development budget

Norway has dedicated US$54 million to peace and reconciliation efforts in Colombia through its 2018 proposed international development budget. The government has signaled that it believes its expertise in peace and reconciliation are vitally needed, and it will enhance its efforts as an intermediary and increase its contributions.

Press release – Norwegian government

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